Friday, July 24, 2015

The Penderwicks

The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall was published recently. The girls in our family adore the series. I cannot wait for the next one to be published. I think by then I will be due for a reread of all of them.


There is a new addition to the family.

"Lydia loved everyone she'd encountered in her short life—never had Penderwick been so pleased with the human race—but she loved Ben most of all. This was a burden no boy should bear."

"And now, eighteight was a lot, especially when the eighth one was Lydia."

" 'Did Nick scare her?'
'Of course not. She fell in love with him immediately.' "

Ben is quite a his own little man with his own way of relating to the world. And he is rather perplexed in being the boy stuck in with all the girly-sister angst.

" 'Okay. I Lima-Oscar-Victor-Echo you, Sky.'
'Lima-Oscar-Victor-Echo you, too, buddy.' "

"Which meant she might cry, and Ben didn't think he should have to deal with crying when this was clearly Skye's problem."

"Ben absolutely did not want to get caught in another discussion of love."

"Ben had no intention of undergoing another official meeting, with its swearing and secrecy. . .
'I can't handle any more secrets.' "

Batty has a secret talent . . . and a secret burden.

"And then it happenedher sprite tried to sing. Batty clapped her hand over her mouth and hoped Ben hadn't noticed."

" 'In exchange for our dead mother, we got another sister, just what we didn't need. We got Batty.'
Batty's world turned black and void of sound."

The way kids think.

"Five dollars was a lot, but this was dishonorable money.
In the end, they snuck upstairs to the bathroom, where they ripped up the five-dollar bill and flushed the pieces down the toilet. . ."

Nick is now Lieutenant Geiger and his arrival home is greatly anticipated. Once home, he joins back into the neighborhood life with gusto, sometimes being a civilian hero.

"Batty saw that Ben was weeping, tears dripping down his face.
'He's been worried about Nick,' she said."

"Lydia brought nick a fat handful of dandelions.
'Lydia loves Nick,' she said."

"And here came Nick, sopping wet Nick, climbing into the bus . . .
'Batty, I can't let you go on, you know that right?' "

And the romance. Tommy and Rosalind are in, shall we say, a difficult place. Jeffrey, Laurie-like, is becoming too romantic for Skye who Jo-like is not ready for it. And let me here and now state that if they Laurie and Jo-like do not end up together, I will be beyond devastated and the books will forevermore be ruined. Jane, being Janeish, gather tons of boys around her for, she says the purposes of story-writing. Even Ben has his love troubles.

" 'So you're not going to make him disappear like Rosalind did with Tommy?' "

" 'Any woman who's loved a Geiger has been spoiled for other men.' "

" 'Notice, please, too that this calculator watch has a sky-blue wristband to match your sky-blue eyes. But not in a romantic way, just aesthetically, you understand.'
'It had better be just aesthetically, because you promised not romance.' "

"Nick whistled. 'Maybe the twins like you.' . . .
'Repeat after me: 'I'm sure you're nice people, but I'm not interested in developing a relationship with you.' "

There are plenty of happy endings.

"With that, the secret was released from its box, dissipated, confessed, its power stripped away."

" 'But maybe later you and I could talk?'
'Maybe,' said Rosalind, desperately trying to control her blush . . . His irresistible Geiger grin broke out."

" 'Jeffrey,' said Batty. 'I'm ready now. . .To sing.' "

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

On Thrifting Shoes

I am quite choosy on shoe styles, and I am trying to be more selective on both quality and comfort.

I have found some quite nice shoes on eBay and Thred-Up, and at Clothes Mentor. With the eBay you do have to realize that people do prize to high often and look only at lower prices. With the latter two options, you have look through a considerable amount of ugly and cheap shoes and (with Clothes Mentor) shoes that ought to be for sale only at yard sales or Goodwill . . . or in the dumpster. With all second-hand places/sites you do have to buy what you love when you see it.

And I do have a little leniency on wear with heels particularly. Perhaps when I can afford to, I will be more selective.

Of the two shoes I posted previously only the cocoa sandals work; the white Coach sandals hurt. All of these have leather uppers (as did the cocoa sandals) except for the last pair which do not have materials listed; I think the soles are leather though.

I bought these on eBay. I have worn the silver off the inside; these looked virtually new when I bought them. Sofft and Nine West. About $21 and $25 including shipping.

I bought these at Clothes Mentor priced at $24 each plus I got my employee discount. I would like to lace the cocoa booties with ribbon. Antonio Melani and J. Crew.

And these on Thred-Up; I am saving them for my brother's wedding since I am so hard on shoes. J. Crew. About $40.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Beauty and the Beast Inspired Outfit

I ordered two new Eshakti dresses. When I received the first one, my reaction was, "It is like a Cinderella dress!" My sister replied, "Or like Belle if you add white." So I decided that I would put a white blouse underneath. I fixed my hair a bit like hers; I was too impatient and too uncertain of the style's flattering me to do more like hers. I did not have a blue ribbon for my hair, and my shoes were not black/brown, but I was certainly close enough. One of my coworkers said I looked like Belle; yes, that was intentional.

This dress has so many possibilities. I have short sleeved white top I could also wear under it. I have cardigans and shrugs I could wear over it. I could try other colors of blouses. I could wear scarves, belts, etc. with it.

I have been purging and organizing my room (we have the purging bug in our whole family; I do not if we have each ever got rid of so much each and certainly not so much combined), and I do have a few semi-nice pieces of art (I am super lazy with art; I can draw quite well when I try). I kept out this piece because I particularly liked it, and when I put together this outfit, I thought the drawing would go quite well with the outfit in a post.

Yeah, I got tired of fiddling with my camera, so you are stuck with an iPhone photo for the rose. Off to continue watching Beauty and the Beast on YouTube and order Beauty by Robin McKinley from the library!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Whimsical, Unique, Artsy Jewels

 I won a customized locket from Origami Owl a few years ago. I knocked the back out when trying to add a too wide charm. I need to find out how to fix it.
 My ten commandment bookmark from childhood.
 Books from Hobby Lobby to make this necklace or one similar. Except I do not want all the colors together, and I want to cover the gold on some of the books with silver and perhaps add a little more detail to the books.

The book necklace I made. I have not really worn it; I think I need a longer chain. 
Resin earrings from Chicago years ago. I ended up loving them when I was hesitant at first.
 Sterling silver charms from a fun antique shop nearish us. There is always a nice pile of all sorts of random charms. The little Bible has the Lord's Prayer in teeny-tiny print in it.
 Some jewelry from nature.
 Pewter from Williamsburg and glass beads from an art fair. 

 Another art fair gem.

I just love fairy-tale and whimsical jewelry and want to meticulously curate a collection for myself.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Thirteen Treasures Trilogy

I found this trilogy via one of the blogs I follow and introduced it to my sisters. I loved it. I love fairy lore woven into modern times. Do not expect the brilliance of R.J. Anderson's books, but do expect fun and magic. These books are QUITE dark for juvenile fiction, but this fits with the violence in fairy lore (ancient Celtic/Irish/English/Welsh/Scottish/Cornish, etc. mythology and on which Tolkien's world is based). I think these covers are all different from the library books I borrowed, but all are interesting.